They are entitled to feel a degree of cynicism, then, given that the SPFL Premiership club this summer chose to part with a fee of £200,000 for a striker whose best attributes have apparently been kept from their view.
A goalless draw with Ross County on Saturday afternoon was Collins' fifth appearance for his new club and he barely got a sight of goal. Indeed, the 22-year-old could count with one finger how many reasonable chances he had to score his first goal for Hibs. It is the same digit one might employ should anyone ask if you want a peek at the highlights from Easter Road.
The malaise from yet another disquieting home display - Hibs have won in Leith in the league just once since December - hung heavily at the weekend and probably informed Collins' leaden gait afterwards, although he would pass up an opportunity to unburden himself by railing against a lack of service. He had earlier headed one cross on to the base of a post.
The striker did not seem inclined to accuracy when considering his drought either, dismissing his run of five goalless games as the longest in his career. It might be worth pointing out that he once went nine matches without scoring during a spell at Shrewsbury Town. But Collins' perception is skewed - each game that passes him by without a goal becomes multiplied within a squad which seems bereft of a more assured threat.
Commending the effort of the Hibs midfield at the weekend seemed specious then, since they conspired to isolate their strikers, with Rowan Vine also seeming more troubled by the home side's passing than were County. "Yeah, we didn't create a lot of chances . . . but the two wingers are doing really well," said Collins, who was recruited to Easter Road after he scored 18 times for Swindon town last season. "Liam [Craig] and Danny [Handling] are working hard and the chances are maybe just not falling in the right places. You need that bit of luck as well."
It was a politic response from a player who is still settling in, and also one who might be more concerned by the performances of those who have just arrived.
His view will have been fixed on Paul Heffernan on Saturday, a striker who was introduced late on following a move from Kilmarnock on Friday, and who became Hibs' seventh arrival of the summer.
At times it has seemed as though Pat Fenlon has been acting like a husband who knows he has done wrong and is buying his other half things in an effort to make up for it - "look darling, I've gone and got us a nice big centre-half; you've wanted one of those for ages" - but the acquisition of Heffernan might yet add an attacking incentive to Hibs, and to Collins.
"As a striker you are always under pressure to score goals and I have to be honest and say it has been preying on my mind," said Collins. "I've just got to try and phase it out. It's been five games now [without scoring] but hopefully the international break will do me good; I can go away, have a little think about it and come back fresh the next week.
"I try not to beat myself up but anyone would be lying if they said that sort of thing didn't prey on their mind, or that they didn't think about it."
It has been too difficult to imagine what has been occupying the thoughts of Derek Adams since the start of the campaign, with County having emerged from the summer break looking unexpectedly meek. The appearance of the side has been altered in part by the arrival of a crowd of new players but thus far not one has stood out - Kevin Luckassen left somewhat exposed up front against Hibs, and Graham Carey also shown up to lack the pace which would allow him to become a more troublesome winger.
"We've had to take in a lot of players over the summer and they are starting to gel," said the County manager. "I thought they were terrific here - there was an excellent shape about the team, organisation, and we can do well again this season."